Wiggins keeps Tour lead, loses
cool with media after stage
Bradley Wiggins kept the yellow jersey at the Tour de France. Keeping his cool was another matter.
The former Olympic champion, with ambitions to be Britain’s first Tour winner, unleashed a profanity-laced tirade after Sunday’s 98-mile eighth stage, in which the race entered Switzerland, finishing in the town of Porrentruy.
Thibaut Pinot, at 22 the youngest competitor, was the day’s winner and gave France its first stage victory this year. Wiggins quashed a late attack by defending champion Cadel Evans to hold the lead.
Wiggins’ Team Sky has controlled the Tour in a style reminiscent of Lance Armstrong’s former U.S. Postal team. The Briton, however, lost his composure when asked by a reporter to comment on comparisons between the teams and “cynics who believe that you have to be doped up to win the Tour.”
Wiggins, angered by the chatter on social media, let loose with an expletive-filled outburst.
“I cannot be dealing with people like that. It justifies their own bone-idleness because they can’t ever imagine applying themselves to anything in their lives,” he said. “And it’s easy for them to sit under a pseudonym on Twitter and write that.”
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency last month filed charges against Armstrong, accusing the seven-time Tour champion of using performance-enhancing drugs. Armstrong denies any wrongdoing.
Wiggins leads Australia’s Evans by 10 seconds.
Sunday’s race was marred by yet another crash, bringing a high-profile withdrawal. Defending Olympic champion Samuel Sanchez pulled out 35 miles into the stage. He broke his right hand and injured his left shoulder, and he could miss the London Games.
Magic send forward Anderson
to Hornets for forward Ayon
Orlando agreed to a sign-and-trade deal, sending restricted free-agent forward Ryan Anderson to New Orleans for forward Gustavo Ayon, a person familiar with the agreement said.
The NBA’s trade moratorium prevents clubs from announcing such moves before July 11.
The 6-foot-10-inch Anderson is entering his fifth NBA season out of California. He started 61 games for Orlando last season, averaging 16.1 points and 7.7 rebounds.
Ayon, also 6-10, spent his rookie NBA season in New Orleans last year after playing in Spain’s top pro league. The 27-year-old Mexican started 24 games for the Hornets, averaging 5.9 points and 4.9 rebounds in 20.1 minutes.
Also: The Milwaukee Bucks are close to a deal with free-agent forward Ersan Ilyasova, according to a person with direct knowledge of the negotiations.
The 6-10, 235-pound Ilyasova had a breakout season for Milwaukee in 2011-12, averaging 13 points, 8.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game. He played in 60 games and made 41 starts last season.
NASCAR standout Harvick gets home in time for son’s birth
Kevin Harvick became a father a day after his wife flew home unexpectedly from the Sprint Cup race at Daytona International Speedway.
Keelan Paul Harvick was born Sunday in North Carolina. He is the first child for Kevin and DeLana Harvick.
“Waiting on Keelan was the longest nine months of my entire life,” Kevin Harvick said in a statement. “But time literally stood still when I held our baby for the first time. I’ve accomplished a lot in my life that I’m proud of, but those moments don’t hold a candle to becoming a father and seeing that little face looking up at you.
“DeLana and I are just amazed by how special and rewarding this is.”
DeLana Harvick had been in Daytona Beach, Fla., leading into Saturday night’s race, but returned to North Carolina for precautionary reasons. Harvick had Kenny Wallace on standby during the race in case he needed to get home.
Harvick completed the race but finished 23rd because he was involved in a late accident.
Also: Poland beat the United States 25-17, 26-24, 25-20 to win its first gold medal in the World League men’s volleyball finals at Sofia, Bulgaria.